Ultimate Survival Alaska (Nat. Geo.) and 72 Hours (TNT)
I have been doing a lot of data wrangling for commercials, shorts and network reality tv shows in the last two years, including Ultimate Survival Alaska (Nat. Geo. Channel) and 72 Hours (TNT) and I absolutely love ShotPut Pro!
I am working on a show right now that has 9 F55s, 1 RED EPIC, 20 surveillance cameras, 9 GoPros, 4 EX3s and 2 Canon 5Ds shooting every day all day and we wouldn't be pulling it off without ShotPut Pro.
As a 'power user' having a tool like ShotPut Pro has become a necessity more than a luxury. I am currently being asked to turn around 3.5 - 5 TB of data per day and having ShotPut Pro's ability to duplicate the file transfer simultaneously saves us a TON of time! I attempted to use Adobe Prelude on this one thinking it would be more useful, but it wasn't able to keep up with ShotPut Pro and it was leaving a lot of the secondary files out of my folders instead of duplicating them exactly, (a big problem in the Media Management world.)
Keep up the great work! It is appreciated!
4K Workflow with ShotPut Pro
Iím teaching classes this month at Maine Media Workshops and I want to demonstrate the XDCAM workflow using Shot Put Pro to my students.
The shoot I was working on in France this summer was a 4K documentary with Phil Keoghan (host of Amazing Race) for theatrical release next year. Basically Phil and a riding partner retraced all 3500 miles of the 1928 Tour de France (50% longer than the modern race) on vintage bikes to raise money for MS Society. They kept pretty much to the same route and riding schedule, which meant we were moving an average of 150 miles per day. Although I am normally a cameraman, I was hired as the DIT, data wrangler, and editor for a daily highlights video for CBS. In five weeks I was in 25 different hotels and had to set up an edit bay and data-wrangling work station every night, plus edit a 5-minute daily highlights video for CBS .
We had two F55ís shooting 4K plus XDCAM proxies and I had to deal with as many as eight 128GB SxS cards each night, plus edit.
I COULD NOT HAVE KEPT UP THE PACE WITHOUT SHOTPUT PRO.
Sony may have me write an article about my experiences for PR purposes, and Iíll be sure to mention you guys.
PreRollPost Blows Them Away
PreRollPost. What can I say. Itís frickin awesome. As senior engineer here at Crow I have spent the last several years jumping through hoops to try and get a satisfactory archiving software. Iíve tried so many packages and all of them Ė bar none, have been varying degrees of awful.
I came across PRP by accident (while looking for support for our Shotput issue actually) Ė and had not heard of it. Iím just so relived I did. It will replace a £10000 Xendata archive system that has been a complete nightmare to work with. Im getting 140MB/s and 1.44TB on an LTFS tape. Figures I could only dream of achieving with our previous systems. Itís such a relief to use such a well thought out piece of archive software, that performs better than expectations. And the price? Honestly Ė itís too cheap!
As soon as they were available I downloaded the LTFS binaries and MacFuse, and installed them to assess the LTFS viability on our at the time new LTO5 tape library. Whilst it worked, I thought a software developer would jump on the available SDK resources and get a create a decent GUI, so it could be used more easily and confidently. That was over 2 years ago, and Iíd given up hope on a mac platform ever being made available that used it. Well you did it, and itís a wonderful thing!
If you need any product endorsement Ė my colleagues and I are completely blown away!
October 1st, 2013:
New! LUT Sync™ Color Correction for Macintosh Released
LUT Syncô is a color-correction utility that allows you to import color lookup tables (LUT) and apply them to any QuickTime-compliant video file or group of files.
Bayou City Productions
Bayou City Productions creates award winning videos and animation for Fortune 500 clients and small businesses.
Kevin Francis from Bayou City Productions reviews PreRollPost Archiver:
"If you've used BRU, PreRollPost has basically the same functionality from an interface perspective. You drag the contents you want to archive into the Backup window, name the archive, and hit enter.To restore, you navigate through the Mac Finder-like GUI and drag the contents you want to retrieve into the Retrieve window, choose a target location, and hit enter. No learning curve, really simple. The program optimizes the order of the files to provide the fastest transfer, and in my experience there have been no slow downs at all. It's just as fast as BRU. When the files are copied, everything is verified using MD5 checksum. A database is stored of all your archives in MySQL Lite format, another open standard. "
"If you're interested in a low cost LTFS archiving option for Mac, I encourage you to try it out. The demo download allows you ten separate backup sessions, plenty of time to see if it will work for you. If you buy the software and down the road decide to do something else or they stop developing PreRollPost, all of your archives are in an open industry standard format everyone supports, no worries!"
Read more in Kevin Francis' Imagine Products PreRollPost Archiver User Review.
Dan Montgomery - Presenter at DMVCPUG 2013, showing the power and simplicity of Imagine's new version of ProxyMill for Mac, an automated transcoding application to streamline your workflow, and demonstrating LUT Sync, a new color correction application.
DMV CPUG Chats with Dan Montgomery
All New ShotPut Pro™ for Mac Version 5 Released
ALL NEW MAJOR PRODUCT UPDATE:
-New GUI and SPP Logo
-Faster offloads, especially for fast media and connections (e.g. SSDs, USB3, eSATA, Thunderbolt, etc.) via adjustable Buffer Sizes (in Preferences)
-Offload Preset organization--individualized naming conventions and Output destinations (instead of global)
-New Offload History allows browsing and export of multiple session logs at any time
-Offload Bundling--group files or folders into one offload item (one offload folder name at destination)
-Support for more checksum types including SHA 256 & 512, and Sony SRSum aware
-European and other date formatting feature
-New .md5 checksum file output (lists file names and checksum values with...ARRI compliant)
-New offload Preview of contents of item in offload.
-New offload details viewer with individual progress bars for copy & verifications
-New Checksum Utility allows comparison of any files, or testing their integrity, and whole folders of files at any time.
-Reformat Utility allows erase and reformat of cards at any time (not just as a post-offload activity).
-New Unlockable demo
Download a demo today!
PreRollPost™ Version 2 Released
Now with LTO-6 Support!
Now you can use PreRollPost with either LTO-5 or LTO-6 Ultrium tapes and decks. The new Version 2 PreRollPost application is fast, rock solid, and Mt Lion compatible. Copy to tape and hard disk at the same time, while making visually enhanced indices with the help of ProxyMill.
Download a demo today!
All New ProxyMill™ Version 4 Released
ALL NEW MAJOR PRODUCT UPDATE:
-Full 64-bit (Mt Lion), multi-core processing for faster throughput
-All new GUI now arranged by PreSets
-Output destinations are by preset instead of global
-Unlimited Watch Folders
-Multi-channel support for retaining audio tracks
-Unlimited output destinations for each preset
-ClipStitch app included--manually merge existing MOV files into single master file
-LUT Sync app included--apply color correction to a movie file
-Support for DPX files into proxies or single movie file
-Deluxe Activity Log (sort by status, preset, etc.)
-Addition of source file name or Text watermarking (with or without surrounding box)
Download a demo today!
PreRollPost™ presented at LACPUG on February 27th, 2013.
The Creative Pro User Group in Los Angeles had Dan Montgomery as a special
guest at their meeting on February 27th. Dan presented Imagine Product's newest archive product,
PreRollPost™, and a sneak peek at other products coming in time for NAB 2013!
Click here to visit the LACPUG website.
Abbey Road Studios Opts for ShotPut Pro for Offloads
Notes from the Offline blogs about their video editing experiences at Abbey Road Studios in session with Volkswagen Beetle and Paul Weller. Great information about why they chose ShotPut Pro over Adobe Prelude to offload.
Imagine Products shows LTO Archiving at Atlanta Cutters on November 14, 2012.
Atlanta's Post Production User Group welcomes Dan Montgomery back to show off Imagine Product's newest LTO-5 Mac application, PreRollPost™. Click here to visit the ATL-CUTTERS website.
'Data Wrangling 101' presented at the Chicago CPUG meeting on October 24th, 2012.
Chicago's Creative Pro User Group welcomed Dan Montgomery as a guest instructor at their meeting on October 24th. He taught Media Management/Data Wrangling and touched on industry standards such as ShoPutPro™ and Imagine Product's newest LTO Mac application, PreRollPost™. Click here to visit the Chicago Creative Pro website.
'Data Wrangling 101' presented at the
San Francisco Cutters meeting on October 25th, 2012.
SFCutters, the world's first Final Cut User Group, welcomed Dan Montgomery as a guest instructor at their meeting on October 25th. He taught Media Management/Data Wrangling and touched on industry standards such as ShoPutPro™ and Imagine Product's newest LTO Mac application, PreRollPost™. Click here to visit the SFCutter's website.
'Share the Flow' - Digital Media Workflow Conference in Nashville, TN on October 2nd, 2012.
CineSys and Quantum present a one day workshop, exhibits and panel discussions focuses on Engineering, Production and Post Digital Media workflows.
Dan Montgomery presented Media Management/Data Wrangling best practices, and demonstrated ShoPutPro™ and Imagine Product's newest LTO Mac application,
Amelia Earhart's Lost Plane, Electra
Imagine Assists in the Search for Amelia Earhart
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery set sail July 2, 2012 for the South Pacific island Nikumaroro with sophisticated technology to search the deep water around the island for the Lockheed Electra's wreckage. Once again, several of Imagine's applications are going along to assist in the video organization and cataloging.
Click here to visit the TIGHAR website for daily updates on the voyage and search.
'Data Wrangling 101' presented at the Atlanta Cutters meeting by Dan Montgomery on August 22nd, 2012.
Atlanta's Post Production User Group welcomed Dan as a guest instructor at their meeting on August 22nd. He taught Media Management/Data Wrangling and touched on industry standards such as ShoPutPro™ and Imagine Product's newest LTO Mac application, PreRollPost™. Click here to visit the ATL-CUTTERS website.
ShotPut Pro for Mac will be traveling to Afghanistan with David Bowering In June 2012.
David Bowering will traveling to Afghanistan for his documentary, Medevac Through My Lens, in June of 2012. Below is an excerpt from the tech blog on his website, Medevac Through My Lens about ShotPut Pro for Mac™.
"For offloading software I will be using the excellent Imagine Products ShotPut Pro. This is the industry de facto standard for automated offloading software. This makes my job of data wrangling so much easier, ..."
Read Full Tech Blog from David Bowering...
Here's a Review for HDVU v.1.0.4 on Samuel Gursky's blog, DIT Nerd.
On DIT Nerd's Blog:
HDVU v1.0.4 Review on DIT Nerd's Blog
HDVU v1.0.4 Review on Twitter
Imagine Products Sponsoring PostNAB 2012 by Final Cut Montreal on May 31st, 2012
PreRollPost™ presented to MoPICTIVE by Dan Montgomery in New York City on June 13th
The Moving Pictures Collective in New York City had Dan as a special guest at their meeting on June 13th. Dan presented Imagine Product's newest product, PreRollPost™. Click here to sign up for the MoPICTIVE meeting.